Day 2 – Syrah 2019
Welcome to Day 2!
Day 2 is exciting for us because we are showcasing one of our newest releases: Syrah 2019. For those of you who’ve followed us for a while, you’ll know that Syrah is a grape I’m incredibly passionate about. The past two vintages have been a bit milder than what would be considered “normal” for the south Okanagan, which allowed me to craft elegant wines that showcase how pretty a lighter style of Syrah can be. Well, 2019 was a warmer vintage and the resulting wine is perhaps a bit more typical of what you would expect from Syrah. There is still an elegance to this wine, but it is definitely showing more power, body and concentration.
In the classic Northern Rhone style, the wine is a co-fermenation of 93% Syrah and 47% Viognier. The grapes were harvested on October 18th22nd. After de-stemming and a light crushing, the grapes underwent a 3-day cold soak. After a slow and warm fermentation, the wine underwent another 14 days of maceration to extract more phenolic compounds. The wine spent 21 months in 33% new French and American oak barrels.
Full-bodied, muscular, concentrated and bold. Floral aromas of violets, with fruit notes of blueberry jam and red cherry, followed by hints of smokey bacon. On the palate, bright flavours of cassis, dark cherry and blueberry dominate the entry. The mid-palate brings freshness with a good dose of herbs, followed by vanilla, espresso and baking spices on the long finish. This is a wine that is approachable now, but with great cellaring potential.
For cheeses, think firm and aged to match the earthiness of the wine. For meats, roasted game, smoked baby back ribs, or even a pumpkin-spiced lamb burger.
Appellation Okanagan Valley VQA
Acid 6.7 g/L
Residual Sugar 2.6 g/L
Alcohol % 13.5
Production: 160 cases
What’s in a Label?
One of the first things you might notice when you unwrap today’s wine is that we have transitioned our Syrah from screen-printed bottles to a more traditional paper label. Why, you ask? Great question!
Sustainability comes in many forms…most obvious in the wine industry is environmental sustainability within our vineyards. However, it goes well beyond that. As we look at our whole business, it was becoming clear that an area that produced a lot of waste was our bottles. As much as we love the design elements of screen-printed bottles, the lead time to produce them meant that we were ordering well before we knew exactly how much wine would be available to bottle. There is nothing worse than running out of bottles and having perfectly good wine left over in a tank! To avoid this, it was necessary to over estimate the number of bottle we needed. The problem with this is that once a bottle is painted, it’s not usable in the future…all of the relevant information like vintage, alcohol, etc. are baked onto the bottle. This meant we always had many cases of perfectly good glass left over…that was completely unusable. Taking this to the recycling depot every time we bottled started to feel wasteful and irresponsible. Our Syrah was the last wine to make this transition. Many people haven’t noticed that our other wines are back to paper labels…have you?